By popular demand XTERRA Czech, one of the most cherished and storied races in history, returns to the European Tour this July in Prachatice.
XTERRA made its debut in the Czech Republic among the castles of Hluboka nad Vltavou in 2002, moved to Spindleruv Mlyn in 2009, and then on to the historic city of Pracatice in 2011 where it was held through 2015. After a two-year hiatus, the Pilousek family is bringing it back on the weekend of July 14-15 in conjunction with kids’ triathlon and running races, a sprint distance XTERRA, and a post-race party that has been the stuff of legends.
“We missed the people around this sport, and felt that we had to host XTERRA Czech again for all the athletes who have written us and encouraged us to bring it back,” said organizer Michal Pilousek Jr. “We have found very important partners and this year we can make the race exactly the way we want. It’s a dream come true to be back in the XTERRA family.”
Prachatice is a small, quiet town self-described as the “Renaissance pearl” of South Bohemia. Participants will revel in the surroundings as race headquarters, the finish line, and evening festivities are all located in the historic town square.
The race itself will start 10-kilometers from city centre at Kristanovicky Lake, a small lake with a peat bottom that produces a therapeutic effect. The bike course heads through the hills on a wide range of trails including single track around the Blanice river, a pass through Zablati village, a trek through deep forests, and a steep climb around army bunkers and up to Cerna Hora high above the town before heading into town to transition. From there, the two-lap run course takes racers back up the hill, through the town on cobblestone, and into the finish line at the Great square.